head·gear | \ˈhed-ˌgir \

Definition of headgear 

1 : a covering or protective device for the head

2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Synonyms for headgear


cap, chapeau, hat, headdress, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.

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Saran-wrap headgear and netting over some entire outfits completed the avant-garde vibe. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 Other headgear in the mix included conical clown caps and slouchy sparkly beanies. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 The move may come as even less of a surprise considering the recent royal wedding brought out a slew of major hats, and the appreciation for stellar headgear no doubt has swept the rest of Europe. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Breathes New Life Into This French Girl Style Signature," 29 May 2018 Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and his La Bomba spring 2018 collection is partly responsible, with its gigantic shoulder-grazing headgear that defied gravity (and practicality) and evoked the luxurious feel of a beachside vacation. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "How a Larger-Than-Life Sunhat Became Summer's Must-Have Accessory," 11 July 2018 Has headgear technology not improved in the last 15 years? Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018 The crowns of the title — there are five — look like antique versions of astronaut headgear: gilded copper helmets, each studded with gems, encrusted with repoussé plaques, and topped by five-pronged antennas — the vajra or thunderbolt of wisdom. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 The boxers train, the referees keep it safe, and everyone wears protective headgear. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Watch local brewers slug it out at Punch Out: Round 3," 28 June 2018 The Taliban, wearing traditional headgear and many with sunglasses, entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast. NBC News, "Car bomb tears through joyous Eid cease-fire in Afghanistan, killing at least 20," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·gear | \ˈhed-ˌgir \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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one that holds something together

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